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January 23, 2017 0

Honey Art Cafe Inspires Houston With Colors And Art

By in Houston

Honey Art Cafe

Honey Art Cafe

3516 S Shepherd Dr, Houston, TX 77098
http://www.honeyartcafe.com/

I was scrolling through instagram and a friend in Houston posted a beautiful photo of the newly opened Honey Art Cafe. It was so pretty I made it my first priority when I came into Houston last weekend. I tried to beat the sunset as taking photos at night is so challenging with my camera. The torrential downpour Houston had a few days ago and the rush hour traffic made it impossible to get there before sun down. Luckily for me the lighting at Honey Art Cafe is beautiful and amazing! The sunny and bright interior was a pleasant and stark contrast to the storm happening just outside their doors.

They have a room in the back as well with another pretty mural. They sometimes use the back room for art classes and it’s available to rent! It seats about 18 people.

Honey Art Cafe

Honey Art Cafe

I bought my first egg waffle ice cream at Honey Art Cafe and am smitten. Of course, I paid an extra $1.50 to add a matcha latte macaron because matcha.

I know it’s only been one date, but I’m going to call it. Honey Art Cafe is my new favorite friend-date spot in Houston!

Question: What’s your favorite spot to meet friends?

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January 17, 2017 6

Top 8 Matcha Desserts in Austin

By in Asian, Austin

I’m obsessed with green tea desserts and was determined to hunt them down in Austin. The biggest challenge I faced curating a green tea and matcha dessert list was that matcha desserts hasn’t fully caught on yet in Austin. When I go to Houston, green tea desserts are a dime a dozen! While Austin lacks in quantity, we luckily have eight eateries in town who are available for sweet matcha hankerings. Here are my top eight!

1. Matcha Parfait from Komé

Green Tea Parfait at Kome
Komé Sushi Kitchen
4917 Airport Blvd, Austin, TX 78751

The Matcha Parfait from Komé is my favorite of all the matcha desserts I’ve had in Austin. The layers of the parfait include matcha panna cotta, rice krispies, red bean paste, rainbow mochi balls, and green tea ice cream. It’s a delightful combination of textures and flavors.

2. White Chocolate Matcha Mousse at Peached Tortilla

White Chocolate Matcha Mousse at Peached Tortilla
Peached Tortilla
5520 Burnet Rd #100, Austin, TX 78756

I’ve been a long time fan of Peached Tortilla. When I learned they had a green tea dessert, it was a happy excuse for a return visit. Their white chocolate matcha mousse was such a unique treat. It had more the texture of a pudding instead of a mousse and the tapioca pearls gave it a whimsical touch. We ordered this as our appetizer! I encourage you to start with dessert!

3. Matcha Snow Ice from Snow Monster

Snow Monster
11220 N Lamar Blvd., Ste 275B, Austin, TX 78753

I’m so happy Austin finally has a decent snow ice place! If you haven’t had snow ice, I like to tell people to imagine gelato and snow cones had a baby. Their baby’s texture is snow ice! Snow Monster has an wide menu of both snow ice flavors and fun toppings you can dress your snow monster. Pictured is the matcha snow ice, with taro pudding, strawberries, strawberry bubbles, and marshmallow.

4. Green Tea Cake from Tous Les Jours

Green Tea Cake
Tous Les Jours
6808 N Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78752

Hailing first from South Korea, Tous Les Jours expanded to the states in 2004. It’s a fun Korean bakery where you can find individually wrapped fresh pastries to bring home and also order by the slice. Their Green Tea Cake is a pretty little thing. They also have green tea Swiss Rolls and green tea macarons!

5. Thai Ice Cream at Holla Mode

Thai Ice Cream
Holla Mode
1800 Barton Springs Road, Austin, TX 78704

Holla Mode, a Thai Ice Cream food trailer on Barton Springs makes your ice cream to order. You can see what goes into it and pick what mixings you’d like. They have a vegan option as well! Pictured is the green tea ice cream with strawberries and mango. Mmm. I know it’s January but ice cream weather is practically year round in Austin!

6. Matcha Azuki with a Red Bean Paste at Cream Whiskers

Matcha Cream Puff
Cream Whiskers
2222 Rio Grande St, Bldg B,Unit 120, Austin, TX 78705

Located near the University of Texas campus, Cream Whiskers is a cozy nook serving cream puff desserts and teas and coffee. You can choose the traditional puff tops or a cookie top. The puffs are made to order and darling!

7. Soft Serve with Matcha Hot Chocolate Sauce at General Tso Boy

General Tso Boy
General Tso Boy
11501 Rock Rose, Suite 152, Austin, TX 78758

General Tso Boy, a Chinese-American fusion casual spot, has graced Austin with their creative soft serve flavors that go on rotation. Lucky us their Matcha Chocolate Hot Fudge sauce has been available for a while now. I tried their almond cookie soft serve with this amazing sauce. Would order it again and again.

8. Matcha Dusted Brownie at Steeping Room

Matcha Dusted Brownie at Steeping Room
Steeping Room
multiple locations in Austin

This rich brownie dusted with matcha is such a treat. Known for their healthy eating options and expansive tea menus, Steeping Room also excel at desserts. The brownie above is pictured as part of their Zen Tea Service, which comes with Napa Spring Rolls and edamame, the decadent brownie, and your choice of tea. You can matcha your matcha dusted brownie with a matcha latte!

Over to you now. Did I miss any of your favorites? Tell me in the comments!

January 9, 2017 3

Citizen Eatery Inspires with Beautiful Vegetarian Fare

By in American, Austin

Citizen Eatery in Austin

Citizen Eatery

5011 Burnet Rd, Austin, TX 78756
http://www.citizeneatery.com/

I am trying to turn a new leaf and eat more veggies, guys. Pun apologetically intended. I’m not someone who minds her health when she eats but I want to become that person. More plants. Less fried things. So it was with curiosity and slight trepidation, I went to Citizen Eatery, a new vegetarian establishment with an airy interior. I left feeling silly for my initial reluctance, proud of eating my veggies, and excited for the delicious and healthy addition to the neighborhood!

Citizen Eatery in Austin
The Nest; two poached eggs over fried veggie noodles, over wilted kale; $8.5

I kept stealing bites of the fried veggie noodles from this dish while it was being photographed by me and Austin Food Magazine. I know I said less fried things but they use olive and coconut oils and it’s served on a bed of wilted kale! I could happily make this entree a meal any day. You can request a side of their house-made green chili sauce to give it an extra kick.

Citizen Eatery in Austin
Californian Toast; avocado, aspargus, and fried egg; $5

This was my safe order. Adding asparagus to the on-trend avocado toast is a good move.

Citizen Eatery in Austin
Smoked Green Chili Burger; burger patty made with white beans, hatch green chilis, mushrooms, and Citizen grain mix, &9; ordered with added fries for an extra $2.5

Even if you don’t order a burger, definitely order some fries for your table. I got the mix of russet and sweet potato fries and kept snatching the fries in between photography shots. I also loved their vegan ketchup. I could make a meal of these fries too! The burger, though perfectly fine, was my least favorite. (Most vegetarian burgers just make me crave the real thing.)

Citizen Eatery in Austin
Bitters Salad; salad with rocket (arugula), endive, radicchio, chick peas, olives, citrus vinaigrette; $10

Last, and most surprising is the Bitters Salad. One of the owners, Aimee Walden Moyer brought this to our table. It was a work of art. The colors and the edible flowers were beautiful. I told her honestly that my favorite lettuce is arugula, and she told me in England they call it “rocket”, which is a superior name. She playfully commanded us to eat this salad before leaving us. I looked at Hayden of Austin Food Magazine and sighed. “Great, now I’m pressured to like this salad.” I used to call salads without meats or croutons “rabbit food”. So I forked some rabbit food and tasted the salad. With shock, I could not stop shoveling this leafy salad into my mouth. I made perfect bites of leaves to balance the salt of olives and chickpeas. This salad made me revel in the joy of discovering new pleasures.

Citizen Eatery in Austin

If you couldn’t already tell, I’m so happy to have Citizen Eatery so close to me and would visit again and again.

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January 5, 2017 0

Bring Your Friends and Order Everything at Kemuri Tatsuya

By in Austin

ramen

Kemuri Tatsuya Opens January 5th

2713 East 2nd Street, Austin, Texas 78702
http://kemuri-tatsuya.com/

Happy New Year! I trust and hope you had a great one, but if you didn’t or wanted to extend your celebrations, may I suggest experiencing Kemuri Tatsuya? The new and hip izakaya, owned by the same people as the beloved and famous ramen purveyor, Ramen Tatsuya, officially opens today. I remember coming back from my trip from Vancouver a few years ago where a great chunk of my meals were at izakayas, and wishing we had more of that delicious scene in Austin. And now here we are with the fab Kemuri!

The menu is expansive and both traditional and creative. Go and dabble in the safe and delicious (like bacon warpped potato pillows on skewers), the delicately exotic (fermented squid swimming in its own guts), and the Texas inspired (brisket, brisket, brisket). They kept the smoker from the previous barbecue restaurant tenant and had put it to good use! The recommendation is to bring your friends and order everything.

Sadly, I left my flash at home when I attended the media soft opening and failed at documenting my adventure. Sugarface lent me his cellphone and I just barely made it by with one decent photo of the ramen. So this is a great time to share some of my friends’ favorite dishes from Kemuri. I embedded them below; give them a follow!

The #meatballs with #eggyolk for dipping @kemuritatsu_ya. #media

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The Guaca-Poke is a brilliant combo of tuna, fresh Wasabi, avocado, pickled red onion & Kaiware sprout. Delicious! #media #preview

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December 5, 2016 5

Old Thousand Offers Spin on Traditional Chinese Food

By in Asian, Austin

Old Thousand
1000 East 11th Street, Suite #150, Austin, Texas
http://oldthousandatx.com/

Old Thousand, a new restaurant in Austin offering what they call “dope Chinese food” officially opened its doors to the public yesterday. Sugarface and I had the pleasure of previewing their menu during their media night last week. An exciting addition to East Austin, Old Thousand will fill the void of Chinese food in the neighborhood. Their concept is a fun one, they offer traditional Chinese dishes with a modern twist.

Old Thousand
Mapo Dofu, $12

For instance, I ordered the Mapo Dofo because I love Mapo Tofu, Mapo Tofu is classically a dish with soft tofu and an abundant thick and spicy minced pork and bean sauce. Old Thousand’s adaptation of this classic dish uses fried tofu instead of soft tofu, and also comes smothered in a sauce instead of swimming in sauce. I didn’t waste a drop of their bean pork sauce and kept sopping up its unami notes with the accompanying steamed rice.

Old Thousand
Crispy Wontons, $6

I always joke one of my favorite food groups is fried. Crispy Wontons were filled with shrimp and pork. The pineapple chilli sauce was indeed “dope”. I hope they think about bottling that sauce!

Old Thousand
Gai Lan (Chinese Broccoli), $9

My body has been aching for more vegetables in my diet and their Gai Lan with crispy mushrooms were a sight for my sore eyes. Solid dish with whole cloves of roasted garlic punctuating this flavorful dish with, well, more flavor!

Old ThousandCrispy Noodle Nest, $23

Sugarface picked this dish and I was glad he did. The squid was tender to the bite and and baby scallops were hidden treasures. In case you haven’t experienced this dish yet, be sure to mix it up with the sauce at the bottom to soften the noodles a bit. They’re fun to crunch on!

Old ThousandEgg Custard, $5

I could make an entire dinner of three of these custards in one go. One of my all-time favorite desserts is the egg custard a la dim sum offerings. I think Old Thousand has ruined the traditional egg custards for me because all I want now is their version, which is made with Vital Farm eggs and Meyer Lemon.

All in all, their menu was a playful straddling of nostalgia and novelty. I’d come back to try more dishes and order the egg custards again!

Notes for your visit: There’s ample parking behind the building and along the street. Also, if you are hoping for a quiet dining experience, please know that they strive to make music a part of the dining experience. Their press release states that they want the dining experience to feel like the “ultimate house party.” You can see nods to music in their cocktail menu!

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October 31, 2016 0

Max’s Wine Dive’s Scrumptious Fall Menu

By in American, Austin

Max's Wine Dive's Fall Menu

Max’s Wine Dive
207 San Jacinto Blvd, Austin, TX 78701
(512) 904-0111
http://www.maxswinedive.com

It’s still warm in Texas. I wish you can magically entice nippy weather to come and stay awhile by eating perfect for fall dishes, kind of like a culinary rain dance for the seasons. I previewed the scrumptious fall menu at Max’s Wine Dive as their guest with Austin Food Magazine, Jane of A Taste of Koko, and Ane from Hungry Chronicles. Though it didn’t make our weather cooler, the menu was perfectly curated for fall. Lobster made welcomed appearances on their menu with Lobster Pot Pie, Lobster Risotto Balls, and Lobster Mac and Cheese. We also had their luscious bone marrow, their homey Pot Roast, and nostalgic Salisbury Steak over mashed potatoes. Not pictured but worth a mention was the beautiful baked brie!

Everything was delicious but I fawned over the lobster pot pie and lobster mac and cheese the most. I’d eat them both every day for a week if my doctor signed off on it!

Max’s Wine Dive Fall Menu Food Porn

lobstermacandcheese

Lobster Pot Pie

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steak

potroast

lobsterrisotto

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October 27, 2016 1

Boozy Ice Cream at Prohibition Creamery

By in Austin, Desserts

prohibition

Prohibition Creamery

1407 E 7th St, Austin, TX 78702
(512) 992-1449
http://prohibitioncreamery.com

As Social Chair of Austin Food Bloggers Alliance, I organize monthly happy hours around Austin for our members. For a special occasion, we invited other influencers who don’t necessarily have blogs but still cover the local food scene on Instagram. Prohibition Creamery generously provided a sexy venue and boozy ice cream for our first Instagram mingle!

Prohibition Creamery featured their Black Magic, Spooky Dough, and Sangria Sorbet. It was infatuation at first bite with Black Magic, which had chocolate liquor, activated charcoal, and coconut ash with a charcoal waffle. I couldn’t get enough of it and plan on coming back again soon. I also sampled the Mezcal Vanilla; there was nothing vanilla about the Mezcal Vanilla!

If you’re feeling extra indulgent, chase your alcoholic ice cream with handcrafted cocktails or wine. The sinful possibilities at Prohibition Creamery make it perfect for date night.

Prohibition Creamery

Prohibition Creamery

Prohibition Creamery

Prohibition Creamery

Prohibition Creamery
I call that last shot “Bloggers in the Wild”.

Takeaway tips: Did I mention the Black Magic? Get the Black Magic and the Mezcal Vanilla.

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October 26, 2016 1

Chorizo Quiche with Hash Brown Crust

By in Recipes

Chorizo Quiche with Hash Brown Crust

On work days, I typically keep prep and cook time of breakfast to less than 10 minutes. It’s usually something easy like an egg sandwich or hash browns with an over-easy egg. This week I felt motivated to transform a mundane Tuesday breakfast to a special treat by making Chorizo Quiche with a Hash Brown Crust. I normally use ham or ground sausage for my breakfast quiches, but Sugarface voted for chorizo and I am a chorizo fangirl! Having never made a chorizo quiche before, it also added a touch of novelty to our special breakfast. To save myself some sleeping-in time, I baked the crust the night before. This meant this delicious Chorizo Quiche with Hash Brown Crust only required an extra 30 minutes of getting-ready-for-work time. You can get ready for your work day as it bakes!

Chorizo Quiche with Hash Brown Crust

Ingredients

  • 4 ounces chorizo, cooked

  • 1/2 cup green onions, chopped

  • 3 cups shredded frozen hash browns, thawed and drained

  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted

  • 3 large eggs, beaten

  • 1 cup half-and-half

  • 1 cup shredded cheese (I used haberno jack)

  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

  • Optional: Sour cream for serving, and small handful of diced green onions for garnish

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.

  2. Grease the bottom and sides of a 9 inch pie dish with melted butter.

  3. Press the hash browns into the bottom of the the dish and along the sides to form the crust.

  4. Lightly season the hash browns with salt and pepper.

  5. Bake in oven for 30 minutes or until the crust is golden brown.
  6. While the crust is baking, mix chorizo, half & half, cheese, and onions in a mixing bowl.

  7. When the crust is done, lower the oven temperature to 350.

  8. Pull out the crust, pour the egg mixture into the crust, and put the pie dish back into the oven.

  9. Bake for an additional 35 minutes or until the the quiche is puffed and light golden brown.

  10. Garnish with green onions and serve with sour cream.

  11. Tuck in!

How have you made a mundane day feel special?

Tell me in the comments!

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September 29, 2016 0

What to Eat During a Weekend in Toronto

By in Canada

What to Eat in Toronto

Sugarface had a work thing in Toronto and I couldn’t resist tagging along even if just for a weekend. I spent less than 48 hours in Toronto which was enough to know a couple of things for certain. First, Toronto is such a hot food destination. And an obvious second, two days isn’t enough to even scratch the surface!

What follows is a recap of our meals. We stayed downtown and our meals were walking distance from our hotel. I didn’t photograph most of these places because of poor lighting, which frankly bummed me out. But the memory will live on through this post regardless!

Gyugyuya

177 Dundas Street W, Toronto, ON M5G 1C7

By the time we arrived to our hotel, we were running on four hours of sleep and starving. We walked by Gyugyuya on the way to our hotel, and noted the lunch crowd despite it being late into the afternoon. Sugarface got the beef bowl which is their namesake, and I got the fried chicken with egg. Both were served over rice in cozy bowls with generous portions. We happily tucked into our bowls and enjoyed sampling the other’s order.

The Friar and Firkin

160 John St, Toronto, ON M5V 2E5, Canada
http://firkinpubs.com

I have an internet friend for about six years and hadn’t met him in person. Tom saw one of my Toronto updates on Facebook and a few hours later I was able to meet him for the first time! I was still full on Gyugyuya but was looking for something I could nibble on while Tom grabbed a drink. I ordered the Posh Tots (duck fat tater tots) and still think about them. Tater tots are one of most favorite things. I have many college memories of dinners made up solely of tater tots. After our friendship date, Tom and I took a photo outside of Friar and Firkin to commemorate our meeting.

Bar Raval

505 College Street, Toronto, ON M6G 1A4
http://thisisbarraval.com

When collecting recommendations from locals, Bar Raval kept getting mentioned. A popular and lively traditional tapas restaurant with a beautiful bar interior that is reminiscent of Gaudí. The croquettes might be one of my favorite bites from the entire weekend, the filling was the creamiest filling I’ve ever had in a croquette. We scored a table on the patio and it reminded me of our time in Barcelona, where we ate most of our meals outside the month before.

Hong Shing

195 Dundas Street W, Toronto, ON M5G 1C7
http://hongshingto.com

I was cozy in bed past midnight at our hotel with a hankering for Chinese. We were told to experience the Chinese food in Toronto after all. Hong Shing was open and delivered to our hotel. I will always think fondly of their beef noodle stir-fry. Eating delicious food in a soft king-size bed with your boo while watching cable? Perfection.

Pai

What to Eat in Toronto
18 Duncan St, Toronto, ON M5H 3G8, Canada
http://www.paitoronto.com/

It rained all day Saturday and ducking into Pai for Thai curry before exploring Graffiti Alley felt like the right thing to do The underground restaurant had a whimsical vibe. We sat at the bar and I loved the twinkling lights. I ordered the green curry with fish and ate every last drop of the milky broth. The fish was delicate and lovely. Sugarface ordered the Khao Soi (with chicken) Soup, with fresh egg noodles in a golden curry topped with crispy noodles. If I lived in Toronto, I can see Pai as one of my regular hangouts.

What to Eat in Toronto

Loose Moose Tap & Grill / Antler

146 Front Street West, Toronto, ON M5J 1G2
http://theloosemoose.ca

What to Eat in Toronto

On our way to the train station on my last morning, we wanted to stop by this pierogi place but they ended up being closed. On our walk to the original destination, we were reflecting on our short weekend together in Toronto and how one of our regrets was we didn’t eat poutine in Canada. We had tried to grab it before eating at Bar Raval while waiting for our phone call from the wait-list but they called us right after we made it to Smoke’s, a beloved local poutine establishment. Happy accidents led us to Loose Moose Tap & Grill for our last meal. It’s situated upstairs and on top of and their sister restaurant, Antler, another highly recommended establishment. I was so pleased to learn they have the same menu! Not only did we get to cross off Antler for our list of recommendations, but there was poutine on the menu. We did it! We ate poutine in Canada! It wasn’t the simple traditional poutine but close enough. Their loaded poutine was the perfect last meal in Toronto. I also toasted the weekend by drinking a Caesar, which is like a Bloody Mary but Canadian and better.

So that was my short weekend of meals in Toronto. Have you ever been? If so, where did you eat?

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August 23, 2016 1

Delectable Tapas at Tapas 24 in Barcelona, Spain

By in Europe

Barcelona: Tapas 24
Carrer de la Diputació, 269, 08007 Barcelona, Spain
+34 934 88 09 77
http://www.carlesabellan.com/mis-restaurantes/tapas-24/

On our third day in Barcelona, we tried getting into the Picasso Museum, which is free the first Sunday of the month but the line was so atrociously long, we figured we could just spend the day wandering in the Gothic Quarter of Barcelona. I loved taking in the architecutre and narrow alleyways. We made up for Picasso Museum by exploring the Barcelona City History Museum or Museu d’Història de la Ciutat, which provided a modern gateway to the expansive catacombs of Barcelona. The labyrinth-like Roman ruins were a wonder to explore underneath the city!

After we left the undergrounds of Barcelona and when sundown approached, we remembered our friend Amy recommended the bombas at Tapas 24. Bombas are fried potato balls, only three of my favorite things. We walked to Tapas 24 and found a line out the door. It moved pretty quickly and we made friendly conversation with the Dutch family in line after us. They vacation to Barcelona every few years and it was a 1300 km drive. It took them about 14 hours!

Tapas 24 will forever be my first experience of tapas in Spain. We ordered the bombas, the inspiration of our meal and enjoyed them. Again, what’s not to enjoy about a fried potato ball? We followed the balls with a classic and popular tapas dish, the patatas bravas, fried potatoes with spicy tomato sauce and aioli.

Barcelona: Tapas 24

We also ordered the bikini sandwiches. These pressed ham and cheese sandwiches are a Catalonian dish and its namesake is the Bikini concert hall in Barcelona. The bikinis we ordered from Tapas 24 had a black truffle spread, which made them even more indulgent than the usual gooey ham and cheese sandwiches.

Barcelona: Tapas 24

Then we went with two restaurant specials. Lamb skewers and the deep fried hake. Lamb skewers were a nice meaty counter to the potatoes and starches. Wonderfully seasoned and tender.

Barcelona: Tapas 24

Finally, I’m glad the deep fried hake came out last, as it was my favorite dish from our evening. Listed on the menu as fried, I envisioned a battered and deep fried fish, but the hake was lightly seared so the fish was delicately undercooked. It melted in my mouth and reminded me of pork belly. I giggled in glee when I ate the hake lettuce wrap.

Barcelona: Tapas 24

We were seated outside next to the sweet Dutch family I mentioned earlier. They were kind enough to snap a photo of us!

Barcelona: Tapas 24

Stay tuned. More about tapas elsewhere next blog post!

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